Please, come in

.

put those fears

down. It is

safe

here.

You need to

rest. You can always pick

them up again

in the morning,

but then

you may not need to.

.

 

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Circles around God

.

On my way to the letterbox

I met this god

who knew me.

So I ran

.

in fear because I

didn’t even know

myself the way he looked

through me.  Stone

.

gods stare at nature un-

moved so I didn’t

run to them.  Money

gods take.  All the

.

pleasure gods leave

me starving for

more and more… I want

more.  So I keep

.

running around

the block knowing

he’s beside

the letterbox.  Knowing one

.

day I’ll realise

this is stupid

stop and say

“Umm… Hi”

.

Extending the Life of Outdoor Furniture

.

it hardly seems fair

this piece of outdoor

furniture demands

my attention on a day like today

the first sun

in two weeks

wind howling

to play with that kite

we’ve used once

my son jumping

to bounce on the trampoline with me

until our heads turn into electricity

but the gaping

grains of cypress whine louder than the wind

.

the skin on my hands would love to be bathed

in oil – to look and feel like last year

instead they’ll smell

like turps for the next two days

next time

I sit on this bench I expect

it to write me a better

poem

than this one.

.

Plop!

.

you rage green

in tie-dye

at my son

picking up a stone

.

he is not

moving it

with machine

to build another

shopping center

.

and one day

he may

also appreciate

the stone

where it sits

.

but he

is

being one

with nature

when his own nature

appreciates

it

l       o

P                      p!

in the waves

.

Senryu#1

photo by Bradley Schmadley

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Senryu and Haiku are a non-rhyming Japanese poem recording the essence of a moment.  It usually consists of three lines in 5/7/5 pattern (5 kana /7 kana / 5 kana) totaling 17 kana.   The foreign form is usually three lines with a total of 17 syllables or less.